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This USA specimen kit includes everything that is in the 20 specimen collection, plus ten more specimens and one additional insect order (Zygentoma). To summarize, this kit includes 12 different insect Orders containing 30 different insect Families. So, you get 30 different specimens of dead insects (30 different species) and 30 pins. The table below lists this information in an easier to understand format. Please note that some specimens are small or soft-bodied and ship in alcohol (70% alcohol in 1.5 milliliter microcentrifuge vials) as denoted by asterisks in the table below. These and all the other species are usually collected within the last calendar year and have been stored in the freezer to maintain both their appearance and, when thawed, their flexibility. That means no chemicals (relaxing fluid) are typically required. If needed, you can put them in water that has been boiled and set to the side for a few moments. If you don't plan to use the thawed specimens on arrival, simply place them back in the freezer until you're ready. Also, note that termites are now considered to be in the Order Blattodea, although much literature still refers to them as being placed within the Order Isoptera. Similarly, Leafhoppers and Treehoppers may be placed by some older references in the Order Homoptera. All specimens (including ones in vials) are packed between layers of soft tissue paper within portion cups (small condiment cups with lids). These are wrapped in cushioning newspaper and overboxed with a cardboard box for shipping. Please see Terms and Conditions page for more information about our policies and shipping services.

Many specimens are large enough to accommodate a pin stuck through them, but you may find that small and/or fragile specimens are more easily glued to paper tabs with pins (first) stuck through the paper tabs (see Oregon State University Website). This is the conventional method for displaying small specimens. We include a few duplicated specimens for you to practice pinning (Sorry, no special requests as to which ones you get as freebies).

Last Revised 5/10/2023

 Order  Family  Common Name
 Hemiptera  Notonectidae  Backswimmer
 Hemiptera  Gerridae  Water strider*
 Hemiptera  Cicadadellidae  Leafhopper
 Hemiptera  Pentatomidae  Stink bug
 Diptera  Calliphoridae  Blue bottle Fly
 Diptera  Muscidae  House Fly
 Diptera  Striomyidae  Soldier Fly
 Diptera  Drosophilidae  Fruit Fly*
 Hymenoptera  Vespidae  Paper Wasp
 Hymenoptera  Apidae  Honeybee
 Hymenoptera  Ichneumonidae  Ichneumon Wasp
 Hymenoptera   Formicidae  Ant*
 Coleoptera  Carabidae  Ground Beetle
 Coleoptera  Coccinellidae  Ladybug
 Coleoptera  Lycidae  Net-winged Beetle
 Coleoptera  Curculionidae  Weevil
 Coleoptera  Meloidae  Blister Beetle
 Blattodea  Blattidae  Cockroach
 Blattodea  Termitidae  Nasute Termite
 Dermaptera  (Forficulidae)  Earwig
 Blattodea  Rhinotermitidae  Subt. Termite
 Orthoptera  Acrididae  Grasshopper
 Lepidoptera           Noctuidae  Owlet Moth
 Lepidoptera  Nymphalidae  Butterfly
 Lepidoptera  Erebidae  Tiger Moth
 Odonata  (varies)  Damselfly*
 Neuroptera  Chrysopidae        Green Lacewing
 Neuroptera  Mantispidae  Mantispid
 Mantodea  Siphonaptera  Flea
 Embioptera  (varies)


+ 30 Pins 

Duplicate specimens are shipped for your to practice with (sorry, no requests on these free extras).

Dead Insect Collection 30 Count

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